Friday, November 28, 2014

December 2014 Genealogy and Local History Calendar

December 3, Wednesday, 6pm, Legendary Locals of Beacon Hill, at the Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts presented by author Karen Cord Taylor based on her new book. Hear the stories of people such as John Hancock, Louisa May Alcott, John Singleton Copley and Julia Ward Howe. Free to the public, registration required 617-944-5920. 

December 4, Thursday, noon, Lunch & Learn:  Thanksgiving: The Holiday that Swallowed the Pilgrims, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts, presented by Jim Baker, FREE for members, $8 non members, Bring a lunch or buy one at the visitor center.  See the website for more information

December 4, Thursday, 6:30pm, Speaking Out on Neighborhood Change, with Anne Alison Barnet, at the West End Museum, Boston, Massachusetts. FREE to the public, register at the website

December 5, Friday, 5pm – 8pm,  and December 6, Saturday 10am – 2pm, Home for the Holidays, at the Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine. FREE.  Take a walk through the historic rooms and a display of the Jewett family Christmas cards.  Make your own Victorian toys and ornaments, and help decorate the Christmas tree.  Guided tours on Saturday only for $5 suggested donation.

December 5 – 7, 35th Annual Christmas in Salem House Tour, for more information contact Historic Salem, Inc. at 978-745-0799 or  The 2014 tours will take place in South Salem, showing Victorian homes that escaped the Great Salem Fire of 1914, and those rebuilt with colonial revival details.

December 6, Saturday, noon – 2pm, Music in the Meeting House, at the Rocky Hill Meeting House, 4 Portsmouth Road, Amesbury, Massachusetts.  Free to Historic New England members and Amesbury residents. $5 nonmembers.  Experience the holiday season with song by UMass Lowell’s Connexion singers.  Call 978-462-2634 for more information. 

December 6, Saturday, 10am – 4pm, Holiday Open House at the Millyard Museum, FREE admission, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, New Hampshire, call 603-622-7531 for more information.  Children’s crafts, holiday storytelling, historical exhibits, raffles, games with free prizes, cookies and cider, shopping in the Museum shop with sales on select items and gift membership packages available.

December 8, Monday, 7:30pm New Hampshire on Skiis, at the Congregational Church of Amherst, 7 Church Street, Amherst, New Hampshire, presented by professor E. John B. Allen, free to the public, contact Neil Brenner for more information 603-315-8413.

December 8, Monday, 6pm, Making History: King Phillip’s War in Documents and Artifacts, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.  Students of the Boston University course “Making History” discuss the MHS exhibit on King Phillip’s War they have researched and compiled.

December 13, Saturday,  4:30pm, The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England, at the Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine. Free to Historic New England Members, $5 nonmembers.  This popular lecture traces the development of the celebration of Christmas from the time it was outlawed in 17th century New England to the 20th century.  Registration required, call 207-384-2454.

December 16, Tuesday, Anniversary Celebration of the Boston Tea Party Re-enactment! See the website presented by the Boston Tea Party Museum and the Old South Meeting House Museum.  Join in at the theatrical colonial debate at the Old South Meeting House, march to Boston Harbor and then watch the Sons of Liberty storm the Brig Beaver and destroy the chests of tea.  Don’t forget to shout “Huzzah!”

December 21, Sunday, 2 – 4pm Boston Area Chantey and Maritime Sing, at the USS Constitution Museum, at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts.  Join in a rousing chorus of sea chanteys.  Family friendly, open to anyone who would like to participate.

December 24 – January 4, daily except Dec. 25, and Jan. 1, 10am – 5pm, Wood Ship, Iron Men: December School Vacation Week, at the USS Constitution Museum at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts.  Hands on exhibits, interactive programs, and creative crafts for explorers or every age.  Meet the crew that sailed the USS Constitution in the War of 1812. Must pay museum admission.

January 12, Monday, 7pm, Treasure from the Isles of Shoals:  How New Archaeology is Changing Old History, at the Stratham, New Hampshire Fire Department, 2 Winnicutt Road, Stratham, New Hampshire.  FREE to the public, contact 603-778-0434 for more information.

January 14, Wednesday, 7pm Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them, at the Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, New Hampshire, presented by storyteller Jo Radner.  Snow date January 15 same time and place.  Free to the public.  Call the library for more information 603-424-5021.

January 16, Friday, 10:15am, A Woman That Keeps Good Orders: Women, Tavern Keeping, and Public Approval,  at the Community Church of Durham, 17 Main Street, Durham, New Hampshire, FREE to the public.  Please join in for coffee at 9am with the program to follow at 10:15am,

January 17, Saturday, 7pm, Colonial New Hampshire, presented by the Walpole Historical Society, at the Walpole Town Hall, 34 Elm Street, Walpole, New Hampshire, FREE to the public.  Call 603-756-3449 for more information.

January 17, Saturday, 10:30am to noon, Lecture- Lindencrest at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, New Hampshire presented by historian Ed Brouder, Free to members, regular admission fee for non-members, call 603-622-7531 for more information.  Lindencrest was an elegant mansion in the Queen city, and in the 1890s it was the scene of a scandal involving a widow, her teenaged daughter, a respected doctor and a bank executive who fled to South America.

January 17, Saturday, 2 – 3pm, Winter Weekends at the Phillips House, at the Phillips House Museum, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Massachusetts. $5 Historic New England members, $10 non members. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies while viewing film clips of the Phillips family engaged in their favorite winter activities.  Tour the house to see family items usually not on display, including sporting equipment, postcards, photographs and artwork.  Registration required, call 978-744-0440 for more information. 

January 19, Monday, 2:15pm, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, at the Havenwood Heritage Heights Auditorium, 33 Christian Avenue, Concord, New Hampshire.  FREE to the public, Call 603 -229-1185 for more information.

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